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Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Rules of Thumb for an Amazing Pour Over

Why do we love the pour over coffee method?

1. it's really easy and quick

2. you can pretty much guarantee a good cup of coffee every time

IF you're looking to brew with the best, we have a few rules of thumb to share. Not only will your coffee breaks be better, but you can show these tips to your friends and prove your coffee cred. 😉

Check out this video and make sure you have your tools ready so you can brew-it-yourself along with Christina!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh… or not? How to tell?

When you’re buying coffee – or wondering if that bag of beans you’ve found in the back of the cupboard is still any good – there are a couple ways you can figure out if it’s fresh or not even before you taste it.

Read on to find out how to tell if your coffee is FRESH… or NOT.

Roadster - summer fun

Roadster - summer fun

Roadster. Fun for the summer.

Our newest seasonal coffee, Roadster, gets its exceptional taste from a Guatemalan coffee. Farmed with care on a small, family-owned farm and medium-roasted to bring out its sweetness and classic styling, this is a coffee you'll love.

Gold is Best. Yes. Ecuador Gold now in season.

Gold is Best. Yes. Ecuador Gold now in season.

Ecuador Gold is Best. Yes.

Ecuador Gold is a medium roast bean from a small collective in the Andes that was started to help the local farmers recover economically after the 2016 earthquake.

Only 20 sacks of coffee were produced last season. We are so lucky that we got our hands on some! And you can, too - but just for a very short time….

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

coffee + water + time = magic

One of my hot weather treats is a nice cold coffee.

Different than iced coffee where hot coffee is poured over ice, cold brew coffee is made with room temperature or cool water and time. It is super easy to make and is extremely smooth, rich, flavourful and with zero acidity or bitterness. Another benefit - unlike hot brewed coffee, it stores for a week or more without losing its delicious flavour!

Now that I know how easy it is to mix up a batch, I love that I can make it at home instead of paying $4 a cup in a coffee shop!  Here is the Sparkplug Coffee guide to great-every-time cold brew coffee...

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Too hot, too cold, just right….

After Goldilocks had eaten the bears’ porridge, she decided to make coffee.

The first time she boiled the kettle and poured it right away, using water that was too hot.  “Oh!” she cringed, “this coffee is bitter.”

So she  made more coffee, without heating the water again. This time it was too cold.  “Oh!” she said, making a disappointed face, “this coffee is sour and weak.”

The third time she heated the kettle to a boil then let it cool for just under a minute before she poured it. “Ah!” she sighed, sipping her java contentedly, “this coffee is just right.”

And that’s all you need to know.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive kettle.  But you can if you want to!

ACE is now in season

ACE is now in season

Ace: in season right now

This coffee is like an ACE up your sleeve

Dark & smoky beans from Sumatra balanced with sweetness from Colombia. Give it a try while it’s in season.